National numeracy challenge pilot – July drop-in session

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The national numeracy challenge will be rolled out across Portsmouth later this year and we are supporting this by piloting the challenge at the University. Your support in this pilot would be greatly appreciated, simply take the online National Numeracy Challenge (Access code: uops) at your desk or attend a drop-in session. In addition to the drop-in sessions the team are available for one-to-one sessions that can be organised at a time to suit you.  If you would like to book a one-to-one please contact Dr Sherria Hoskins sherria.hoskins@port.ac.uk.

The challenge focuses on numeracy that helps people make decisions in day-to-day life and work – from understanding interest rates to planning a journey – and provides learning opportunities if you’d like to improve your skills.

The drop-in sessions provide a quiet location where you can complete the challenge or some further learning. If you would like to talk to anyone about the challenge, these sessions are also supported by volunteers who are enthusiastic about numeracy. All you need is a calculator, pen and paper. When you access the challenge it will ask you to set up a login so you can return to the challenge or learning at a time that suits you.

Drop-in Sessions

  • Wednesday 1 July, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, King Henry Building, room 1.07
  • Monday 6 July, 9:00am – 11:00am, University Library Open Access 3
  • Thursday 9 July, 3:00pm – 5.00pm, University Library Open Access 3
  • Tuesday 21 July, 12:00am – 2:00pm, University Library Open Access 3
  • Wednesday 22 July, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, University Library Open Access 3
  • wednesday 29 July, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, University Library Open Access 3

The National Numeracy Challenge aims to challenge negative attitudes towards maths and to reduce the number of adults in the UK with low numeracy by more than one million over the next five years. The University is supporting the challenge by encouraging staff to take part.

Your results are for your personal use to gauge your own development. The University will only receive summary information, including how many took part and carried out further learning. This information will be used to assess whether the challenge is beneficial for University staff. Later this year the scheme will be rolled out across the city as part of Portsmouth City Council’s numeracy strategy.

If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact Dr Sherria Hoskins.

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